At Philly Pretzel Factory, we pride ourselves making our customers feel at home when they come to our stores. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen our franchise owners go above and beyond to show their communities support during a difficult time for so many. Many of our stores now have curbside pickup or delivery options so they can continue to safely serve customers and hopefully provide some semblance of normalcy.
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For Code Wiz Founder and CEO Ruth Agbaji, the fight against COVID-19 is personal. Not only has her company, which delivers afterschool computer coding, game programming, and robotics classes to kids ages 7 to 17, been hard hit economically, but her husband, sister, and brother-in-law are physicians on the COVID-19 front lines.
One of the many things I have always appreciated about this country is what many refer to as the "American Spirit.” More than anything, it is a spirit of perseverance. No matter the challenge - from wars to economic collapses to natural disasters - there is always a deep-rooted belief that not only will we stand up to it, but we will come out stronger on the other side.
In the midst of COVID-19, there have been many examples of the power and benefit of being part of the franchising community. A new partnership with BrightStar Care and Franworth is another shining example of this.
To protect BrightStar Care clients and ensure that franchise employees have the ability to continue providing the highest quality of in-home care during the pandemic, CEO and founder Shelly Sun and her team leveraged resources across the globe and quickly secured necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
The International Franchise Association today announced it has joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations who are pushing for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the return of American enterprise. Together, the Coalition’s members span 30 business sectors and employ 45 percent of the nation’s workforce – more than 58 million workers.
Donnie Carr, President of Christian Brothers Automotive, Shares the Brand’s Response to COVID-19
At Christian Brothers Automotive, we are in a unique position. Our shops remain an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis, so we have been able to service clients in communities throughout the country. While franchisees have had to make adjustments to meet the ever-changing needs of our world today, the training and support programs we already had in place set them up for a successful transition.
On March 20, Goodcents launched their Stock The Fridge promotion as a response to the fallout from COVID-19. Goodcents has been a neighborhood deli for over 30 years, fresh slicing their meats and cheeses by hand in the restaurant as well as baking their proprietary soft bread twice daily. Goodcents also recently began making single-serve Goodcents To Go meals, with options like Southern-Style Meatloaf and Chicken Pesto Tortellini, fresh every morning and stocking them in a convenient cooler so they’re ready for guests’ refrigerators.
Fifty-six million kids have shifted their daily school lessons from the classroom to the family room due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a former elementary school teacher and mother of four, Kim Hanson knew there would not be enough curriculum to keep school children busy throughout the day. It is challenging for parent's working from home during this time to also guide their children's learning.